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Re: [IP] 20 years and still kicking!
<<Well, here it is, March 11, 2000, my 20-year anniversary with D. When I
diagnosed at age 19 my mom asked the Dr how long until I would be well. No
one in my family knew a thing about diabetes. His response was, "NEVER,
she has a long time left, probably about 20 years." I was newly married six
weeks before and was devestated. The Dr then went on to tell me to get
pregnant soon if I wanted children because I wouldn't get to much past 40.
Quite a quack, huh? He was president of the ADA for the state I was in.>>
Wow! I must be one lucky person. I've NEVER had a Dr. who passed a death
sentence on to me because of having D. All my Dr's, even from the first
one, told me I could have every bit a "normal" life as anyone else,
providing I followed my scheduled and did what I was supposed to do. Now, I
was 11 when dx'd nearly 37 years ago, and there were times in those teenage
years when I didn't really want to do all that extra stuff, but I generally
was a good "rule follower" (still am) and managed to do well. After all
this time, I have no complications and planned to live to 84. Now that I
have my pump coming (providing the insurance pays the bill), I've now set my
sights on 100! I think a positive attitude has a lot to do with it too.
And, sometimes just plain luck. Good luck and best wishes to all the
long-timers (and the short-timers too). Long healthy lives to everyone!
Type 1 for nearly 37 years, pump arrives on Thursday!
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